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New Transparent Insulating Film Could Enable Energy-efficient Displays

November 9, 2009

Howard Katz in his materials science lab Materials scientists have found a way to transform a chemical long used as an electrical conductor. By orienting the compound in a different way, the researchers turned it into a thin film insulator, which is potentially useful in transistor technology and in devices such as electronic books. Full Story

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